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Abreu named Player of Week07/06/2004 9:33 PM ET
By Ken Mandel / MLB.com
PHILADELPHIA -- Wondering how hot some of the Phillies hitters been recently? Well, Bobby Abreu, in the middle of a seventh above-average offensive season, was named the National League Player of the Week for June 28-July 4. His .417 batting average -- including five doubles and two home runs, edged out David Bell's .367 average, with three homers and 13 RBIs. The announcement comes three days after Jim Thome received the Player of the Month Award for June. That's pretty hot. Abreu went 10-for-24 during the week and collected 21 total bases. He also scored 10 runs and drove in 10. Other nominees included Pittsburgh's Jason Bay, Colorado's Todd Helton and Aaron Miles and New York's Richard Hidalgo and Ty Wigginton. "Since I've been around, Bobby is the best right fielder to play in this city," said Phillies manager Larry Bowa. "The numbers he's put up since he came here are as consistent as anybody in the league." While winning Player of the Week was a relatively easy decision, Abreu is locked in another battle as he tries to make his first All-Star team. He didn't make the team as a starter or reserve, but was one of the five NL candidates up for consideration in the Final Vote through MLB.com.
"Of course, everyone wants to be in the All-Star Game," Abreu said. "I've never been in one. If it happens, it happens. If not I just keep doing my job."The Phillies would like to see that, too, and are waging a campaign to see Abreu selected. He is competing with Pittsburgh's Jason Kendall, Chicago's Aramis Ramirez, Florida's Juan Pierre and Arizona's Steve Finley. "Bobby is a five-tool player," said general manager Ed Wade. "He's one of the most underrated and durable players in the league." Already a five-time 20-20 player, Abreu is on pace for his second 30-30 season, as he puts together what could be his finest season. He's the only NL player ranked in the Top 10 in five different categories: runs scored, walks, on-base percentage, stolen bases and batting average with runners in scoring position. "Sometimes those guys go unnoticed," said Phillies manager Larry Bowa. "People take it for granted he's going to hit .300. It's not easy hitting .300. It's hard to get 25 to 30 stolen bases. It's hard to get 100 walks, 100 RBIs, score 100 runs. He does it every year and people don't know about it. I know there's going to be people left off but to constantly leave him off every year isn't right. People should recognize what this guy has done."
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